As Travel Agent reported earlier this week, Hurricane Erick is set to pass near Hawaii Island Thursday evening, bringing rain but not much in the way of travel disruptions.
According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the storm currently has maximum sustained winds near 90 mph, with higher gusts. Erick is expected to continue weakening Thursday, dropping to tropical storm status and passing approximately 150 miles south of Hawaii Island on Thursday night.
No hurricane or tropical storm watches or warnings are in effect, although the storm is likely to produce dangerous surf conditions and localized heavy rainfall, the NHC said. The surf will be most dangerous along the east- and southeast-facing shores.
Another storm system, Tropical Storm Flossie, is also heading toward Hawaii. As of the latest NHC update, Flossie was approximately 1,675 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, heading toward the west-northwest at around 16 mph. The storm, which has maximum sustained winds near 65 mph, is expected to maintain its strength over the next several days, crossing into the central Pacific basin on Friday. This storm has no hazards likely to affect land, the NHC said.
No airlines have issued any change waivers or warned of any flight disruptions due to this pair of storms.